The Girl at the Lion d'Or

A beautifully controlled and powerful story of love and conscience, will and desire, which begins when a mysterious young girl arrives to take up the post at the seedy Hotel du Lion d Or in a small French town in the mid 1930s.
The Girl at the Lion d Or A beautifully controlled and powerful story of love and conscience will and desire which begins when a mysterious young girl arrives to take up the post at the seedy Hotel du Lion d Or in a small Fr

  • Title: The Girl at the Lion d'Or
  • Author: Sebastian Faulks
  • ISBN: 9780099774907
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Girl at the Lion d'Or”

    1. With the Great War still swimming around in collective memory, and the threat of another war looming on the dark horizon, the inhabitants of the small French village of Janvilliers are shaped by the political landscape of the day. Our heroine, Anne Louvert, has just arrived from Paris to take a job in an Inn, and is forced to piece together a new life for herself after being affected by war, and the suicide of her mother. It's not long before she works her magic with the locals, and finds a love [...]

    2. I have heard of Sebastian Faulks, many times. This is the first of his works that I have read.I am in love *sigh*.The Girl at the Lion D'Or is a love story; but it is also so much more. I am enchanted by Anne; she is resilient, yet also naïve. I feel for Charles, caught in a marriage he did not desire, but as a gentleman was obliged to commit to. There is also a little history of WW1 concerning Anne's father and perhaps Charles or his father, of which we are not yet fully cognisant; and WWII is [...]

    3. This is a historical romance novel, the first of Sebastian Faulks’ ‘French Trilogy’, the other two being ‘Birdsong’ and ‘Charlotte Grey’, and all three are set in France, during the Great War, the Inter-War period and the Second World War. This novel, being the first he wrote in this trilogy, is set during the Inter-War period, the year being 1936 and the time of the Popular Front Govt. of Leon Blum. It is basically about a young Woman called Anne, her life and illicit affair with [...]

    4. Beautifully written . A timeless love story which for me made the characters back stories and the back drop of 1930s France seem irrelevant.

    5. Sebastian Faulks is turning out to be a bit like Rose Tremain: one brilliant book (Birdsong), one OK book (Charlotte Gray), and the rest indifferent. I found myself strangely unengaged by this one, a rather trivial tale compared to the other two. I never really felt involved with the characters, or moved by their feelings, and the ending was fairly predictable. Blah.

    6. If you are dying for something to read, just so you can look at letters and exercise your brain, then read this. It's like mental jellybeans.

    7. There's something different about this book for sure. It's set up as a stereotypical love story but develops into something with a more grounded, gritty feel. It's a relatively short book - only 250 pages long, and from experience with other short stories by Sebastian Faulks ('A Possible Life'), I was sceptical about how developed the story would be. Previously, I found Faulks skipped over essential events and rushed what could have been a memorable story. However, The Girl at the Lion d'Or is s [...]

    8. This was an easy read and I suppose enjoyable but I am not sure why. It wasn't terribly original, not much happens and it doesn't begin to compare to Faulks' other French books and yet I found myself turning page after page. Hmmmm. All I can say with certainty is I'll read more of his work.

    9. It has taken me about a year to finish this short novel; I just didn't feel anything for the protagonists. I found the prose mostly staid and wooden. The book started off in an interesting manner, but went downhill rapidly for me. I didn't understand the tendency to romanticise men's desires, and then to justify them, whether the circumstances were suitable or not. I also felt like the author hardly tried to probe how women felt about the turmoil in their lives - this, with a female protagonist. [...]

    10. A very "French" novel, not so much in the setting - a small bourgeois town close to the ocean - but in the introspective dissection of the lives of ordinary people living their ordinary lives. I don't know if "existentialism" is the right word, but I was reminded of the works of Zola, Balzac or Tolstoy. To campare Anne from the Lion d'Or with Anna Karenina is perhaps a little forced, but that is what her passion for life and her tragic condition evoked in me.I was also detecting an Erich Maria R [...]

    11. I've got to give this at least four stars as the book is both beautifully moving & incredibly deep. There were moments, however, when I thought it at best perverted and at worst, rubbish. The secret is to plough on through those moments ( they are just moments) as Sebastian Faulks takes a while to set a scene and a backdrop from which his character's true self emerges. By the time I got to end everything he'd been working up to fell in to place and I found myself thinking it was a really bea [...]

    12. Anne is a young woman who has fled Paris, and is trying to find a place where she belongs. She gets a job at the Lion d'Or as a barmaid, and is thrown into a quick love affair with a man who lives right outside of town. You learn about her past, and her family's past. And Hartmann is a man who seems to disengage from those around him (possibly a side effect of The Great War?). It's a small book, so you don't really get to know any of the characters all that well. The book is a kind of snapshot i [...]

    13. A gentle but sad love story from one of my favourite authors. Just what I needed after a run of new best sellers 3 for 2-ing everywhere.

    14. I began reading this having had experience of the best (Birdsong) and the worst (Charlotte Gray) of Faulk's work. It didn't really sound like it was a book I would enjoy, but I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. Faulk use of the English language is fantastic, the metaphors and descriptions allow the reader to fully picture how the people and places within the novel look and sound.The central romance of the story was not entirely original, and bore a striking resemblance to the central [...]

    15. Sebastian Faulks is effective at transporting readers into France during the 1930's. It was interesting to visit Lion D'or and to glimpse into the politics and morals of the day. However, this novel did not live up to his previous novel "Birdsong" which I could not put down. The ending was a bit abrupt, and I could not quite get into the main character's head - but I found the book enjoyable nonetheless.

    16. A good steady read about relationships set between the wars in rural France. I enjoyed the characters but was not really moved by the story as I found it difficult to identify with anyone in particular. Perhaps because I have been fortunate not to have had to experience the effects of war in an direct way.

    17. If I sat back and just thought about the writing itself, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a gentle, nostalgic feel, like looking at a blurry sepia photograph. The writing was lovely and the characters vivid. It is squarely in my wheelhouse: orphan with a secret in an attic in a down-at-heel French hotel in the interwar years. YES. If the author got a little long-winded at times, I didn't really mind--that's not something that bothers me much if it's not ridiculous. It was as we got into th [...]

    18. Series Name.French TrilogyAuthorSebastian FaulksNarratorJames WilbyAbr/UnabrUnabridgedTotal Runtime.8 Hours 39 Minsblurb - Set in provincial France in 1936, Faulks’s second novel established his reputation and set out the themes that he would deal with for the next ten years.Anne Louvet arrives to work at the run-down hotel of the title, in Janvilliers, a small coastal town in Brittany. It is clear that she brings with her the secret of a traumatic past. Almost at once, she becomes fascinated [...]

    19. This was a GREAT book; I really enjoyed the story, characters and plot and didn't want it to end. However, there are two things that brought it down a notch: One: the amount of typos drove me nuts - some were subtle, some required a second read of the same sentence for clarification -- very distracting. The second problem was a bit in the novel where the main character, Anne, who is a waitress, hotel maid gets invited to a very swanky, but relaxed weekend in the country with wealthy people. At t [...]

    20. I have read and enjoyed a number of Faulks' novels (i.e. not just Birdsong) and yet for some reason, after my dad passed on a 'spare' copy he had acquired somehow, I allowed it to languish on my shelves in our apartment, moved house and allowed it to languish some more (approximately one year) on my new shelves in our house. I definitely enjoyed all of Faulks' other books but this one just never grabbed me. I have no clue why. Having finally read it, I have absolutely no clue why!There are so ma [...]

    21. This book, by Sebastian Faulks, is about a mysterious young woman named Anne Louvet, a Parisian transplant to the French countryside in the 1930s. We don't know a lot about who she is or where she came from, but it's clear she's hiding some secrets from her past.Anne starts working as a waitress in a hotel, the Hotel du Lion d'Or, and meets a cast of characters, including the manageress, a harsh woman who doesn't care for Anne's confident, Parisian manner; Roland, a young man who is creepily int [...]

    22. I've read two novels by Faulks now (after giving up on his Jeeves book), both of them historical romances, both involving adulterous affairs, this one in 1936 France, the other in 1960 America. Both also involve sympathetic people trying to deal with emotions they don't fully understand and trying to do the right thing in impossible situations. In this one the cheated-on character was the wife; in the other it was the husband. Part of this one was the gradual realization of how WW I damaged thes [...]

    23. This book was written in the traditional form and reads like a true classic--linear, honest and simple. First published in 1989, it is entirely devoid of the plot and writing style gimmicks and the attachment to wit and irony that characterize a lot of novels (gearing for Hollywood I suppose) these days. So it is perfectly understandable how so much flak is hurled at it for being predictable, flat and boring. I, however, found it to be an exceptional read. Faulks is without a doubt a superior wr [...]

    24. Anne has had a life full of injustice. Her father was killed and her mother committed suicide. She comes to Janvilliers seeking a new life with a new community and to put the past behind her.Getting involved with a married man was not the best of choices, but that is life. The story of Hartmann and Anne with a third wheel of his wife Christine, on the sidelines and always waiting is a story of love, passion, but with a great deal of sadness. Very descriptive of everyday life both at the inn and [...]

    25. This isn't my favourite of Sebastian Faulks's novels, but it was a good read nonetheless. It deals with the classic Faulks themes of love and loss, emotions, wonderful historical settings and clever links to his other works. I'm a great fan of his style. The main weakness in my opinion was the ending which was very abrupt, but overall i enjoyed it.

    26. This was the first of the trilogy I believe and the most lightweight although it did tell a lot more than a typical wartime romance. I'd recommend it on the basis of being a good read and good introduction into the other two books, Birdsong and Charlotte Grey.

    27. Not my cuppa. It reads like a historical romance novel (or my imagination of one). All the intrigue and psychological underpinnings lead to . . . nothing. Memo to file: stop selecting books based upon whether they fit in my purse.

    28. An elegant small jewel of a book set between the Wars in France. A penniless bar waitress arrives in a small town, captivates a restless, wealthy, middle-aged man of integrity. Difficult choices, strong characters, the will to survive weave the proverbial tangled web.

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